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Carpobrotus aequilaterus - (Haw.)N.E.Br.

Common Name Sea Fig
Family Aizoaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Naturalised in California where it grows along the coastal strand and in coastal sage scrub at elevations up to 100 metres[276].
Range Southern N. America - California, Mexico. Australia - New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Carpobrotus aequilaterus Sea Fig


Carpobrotus aequilaterus Sea Fig

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Carpobrotus aequilaterus is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 2 m (6ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Leaves
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[257]. They are said to remotely suggest the flavour of strawberry[183]. Leaves - baked[183]. We find them too mucilaginous to be enjoyable[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Fire retardant  Soil stabilization

Planted in maritime areas to prevent soil erosion in sandy soils and on steep banks[200, 265]. The plant is moderately fire-resistant and can be used in barrier plantings to prevent the spread of forest fires[200].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained sandy soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. Plants can be grown on dry walls or in the flower border[166]. Established plants are very drought resistant[200]. Very resistant to wind and salt spray[166]. Moderately fire-retardant[200]. Plants are not very frost resistant, tolerating temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c, and only succeeding outdoors in the milder areas of the country[200]. A vigorous prostrate plant, rooting as it spreads. The flowers only open in the afternoon[200].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow March to June in a greenhouse. Lower night-time temperatures are beneficial. The seed usually germinates in 7 - 10 days at 23°c[138]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings at any time during the growing season. Allow the cutting to dry in the sun for a day or two then pot up in a very sandy mix. Very easy[K].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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